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A Splendid Little Murder: Death on La Tempestad (Ed Lane Book 1) by [Simpson, Henry]
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From the Author

Ed Lane novel time sequence is

1. A Splendid Little Murder
2. Island of Spirits
3. Finding Elysium
 
Lane's character and personal circumstances change somewhat in the series. He starts Splendid as an inspector in the Federal Police investigating the murder of a Congressman's personal assistant on La Tempestad Island. In solving the murder, he embarrasses the Congressman, who get him fired.

Since then, he has been delivering pizzas and doing odd jobs to keep afloat. In Island, his outlook improves  when a private contractor hires him to work as local sheriff for a team of ecologists and researchers restoring La Tempestad from cattle ranch to its natural state. While working on the island, he has a close, personal encounter with a ghost and other inexplicable experiences.

Later, in Elysium, we find Lane working as a bartender in a jazz club, where the president of Elysium Analytics hires him to identify the person who hacked into his company's computer network. He finds the hacker and later investigates and solves three related murders.

About the Author

Henry Simpson is a California native who lives in Monterey. He has spent most of his career as a research psychologist, engineer, and writer, and has served in the Marine Corps.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4435 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4IU2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book would have been a lot better if the author hadn't lost track of his investigators in the middle and screwed up who did what. I hate when authors do that. This is especially annoying because it was relevant to the solution of the mystery, which makes the flaw pretty serious.

Better characterization and differentiation of perspectives would certainly be an improvement. Maybe other readers don't even notice the error because the perspectives are so similar.

But it was a decent enough quick-read mystery other than that.
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Henry Simpson's debut murder mystery, A Splendid Little Murder: Death on La Tempestad, occurs on an island off the California coast, where a killer takes the life of a visitor. La Tempestad is no ordinary island for it's part ranch, part hunting preserve, and part hideout for the powerful, who come to enjoy themselves in private. Neither is the murder ordinary. It's the most serious crime there in decades for it's the death of young Congressional aide, Gina Raines. Her mysterious death triggers the rest of the story and brings on stage two main law enforcement characters, Ed Lane and Miranda Bell, both from the Federal Police.
Who killed Gina Raines and why? The two set off to find out, and there are plenty of suspects.
Did Congressman Alonso Duncan, despite being married, have an affair with his attractive assistant, and did that somehow lead to her death?
Could Vito Garza, a charismatic farrier and Raines's island riding companion as well as a parole, somehow be the culprit?
Or could Duke Stockton, married playboy and the ranch's chief executive officer, based on the mainland, somehow sneak onto the island and do it?
Was there an accomplice?
Then there are drugs, a mysterious boat docking at night, loading, then leaving the island.
A further plot complication for the two investigators is the discovery of two leases, pertaining to the ranch. Does this discovery matter to the murder, or is it just an interesting local tidbit?
These issues and the twists of the story keep the reader turning the pages. For Gina Raines's death is a tangled business, as many a murder is, that Lane and Bell manage at the end to untangle, thereby solving the crime.
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A quick read about a serious subject. The mystery creates few surprises, but there are a few interesting characters. I would have preferred more detail about these characters and their relationships to add depth to the narrative. Some of the interaction felt contrived and lacking in emotional substance. The story kept my interest, but it would have been helpful to have more information about the various characters, It was difficult to remember how everyone fit into these loosely woven groups. It was fun to follow the detectives as they interviewed the possible suspects, and then to read how they shared the information they each gathered to discover the discrepancies from the various 'persons of interest.' I would recommend this book to someone who loves mysteries, and is short on time to read. This book was given to me for an honest review. I hope this is helpful to future readers.
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I recieved this book free to review. It reads relatively fast, only a few areas drag a little. Dialect of the characters was well represented without making it difficult to decipher. It had the mystery with action and adventure to go along with it! The characters are kept a little thin, but what the author put in what was needed for the characters to be believable. I was a little surprised at the secondary crime in the book, figuring we were only looking at one crime, but it added a little more depth to the island. All in all it was a good read, and enjoyable relaxing book to sit and enjoy. Definately worth reading once, and maybe even worth a second read!
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First, I have to start out saying I found the grammatical style of the author very confusing. He does not indent a paragraph and it soon became confusing as to which character was speaking or when a new thought was starting. Took away from the story line. Also, his attempt (I'm guessing) to make the main male character seem hardbitten (??) or perfunctory just seemed odd. I liked the guy a lot less as time went on. And the writing style just kept intruding.

The story itself was pretty good, and I did not figure out the mystery, so he has made up points there.

With a little editing, I think this could be a really good story. But too much confusion and backtracking trying to figure out who was speaking keeps from giving it a higher score. And another mystery remains. Why the odd title. Thought some Brit might be involved. Nope.

So, for a light read, this was okay. Not going to recommend to any of my friends, but you may find the style to your liking.
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Great, easy, smooth read. It opens with the murder from the victim’s point of view on a unique remote island off of California. The island houses a number of different shades of people. The story is based around the unexpected murder. Leaving you questioning, trying to unraveled and put together the puzzle pieces, Henry successfully keeps your attention throughout. Drugs, ranchers, congressmen, farmers, hunters, entertaining dialogue…

Henry has a wonderful writing style, which is quite unique. With not many clues to which character is saying what, you are forced to keep full attention as you pin ball between the dialogue.
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